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Cheesequake State Park Campground

About

State Park

Campsites: The park has fifty tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets and shower facilities are within walking distance. Trailer sanitary station is available. There is an 11 foot height restriction for vehicles entering the camping area. The campground is open from April 1st through October 31st.

Group campsites: The Gordon Field Group Area has fire rings, upright grills and picnic tables. There are four individual sites accommodating up to 25 campers each. The area facilities include flush toilets and potable water. All trash must be carried out. The group campsites are open from May 1st through October 31st.  We highly recommend that group leaders carefully estimate their group size and not over-estimate as refunds cannot be made later.

Fee Info

Park fee is required to enter the park to access the campground. Fees vary between $5 and $10 depending on vehicle type and resident status (in or out of state).

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Location

Cheesequake State Park Campground is located in New Jersey

Detail location of campground

Directions

300 Gordon Road Matawan, NJ 07747 From the GSP: Take exit 120 and make a right at the end of the exit ramp and follow to the first light. Make a right. At the next light make a right and follow road into the Park. From Route 34 South: Make a left turn onto Disbrow Road which is the light immediately south of the Marketplace Shopping Plaza. Make a right at the end of Disbrow Road. Make a left at the first light and follow into the Park. From Route 34 North: Make a right turn onto Disbrow Road which is the light immediately north of the Berg Animal Hospital. Make a right at the end of Disbrow Road. Make a left at the first light and follow into the Park.

Address

300 Gordon Rd
Matawan, NJ 07747

Coordinates

40.44132783 N
74.25493497 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Available
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump

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T
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2023

Nice Park Near the Highway

I stayed at Cheesequake at the beginning of August and had a very positive experience.

Campsite

Campsites are fully shaded and include a picnic table, fire ring, and hook to hang food supplies from (away from wildlife). The site was well kept and clean - I didn't have to look hard to find a nice secluded space for my tent.

Each site is separated from its neighbors by a small (about 5-10 foot) forested area, and are deep enough that you can pitch your tent away from the road and have some privacy.

The park is bisected by the Garden State Parkway. While the campsite is fairly well protected from highway noise, you're still going to hear it at least a little.

Amenities

The bathroom and shower facility is older and has limited stalls, but I didn't have any issues with lines or finding time to use it. They're closed for about an hour in the early morning.

Potable water is available at the bathroom and showers.

The lake has a small beach and swimming area, and a concession stand. On Friday the beach was pretty quiet, it was closed on Saturday due to water conditions however.

Access

The park is about 2 miles from the nearest train station and can be accessed on foot, but it may be difficult with camping gear. I took the train to the station and a rideshare the rest of the way to the entrance. The campsite is about a mile from the park entrance so it's easier overall to drive, but not required. Bringing a bike to travel within the park would be a good idea.

Month of VisitSeptember
Graciela G.
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2023

Amazing place

It's cost $20 dollars the night for nj residents, I been there 2 times for over a week, it's a good place if you don't want to go far away.

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Month of VisitNovember
James D. F.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2022

Nice time

Beautiful park. Great people. Nice internet connectivity. No outlets however for electricity. Bathrooms could be cleaner but many other pros.

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Cheesequake State Park Campground by James D. F., November 2, 2022
  • Review photo of Cheesequake State Park Campground by James D. F., November 2, 2022
E
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2022

Cheesequake experience

The campground is large and has wonderful sites that have privacy or can be close to someone if you want. The bathroom/shower facility is old, filthy and needs to be torn down. No one cleaned it during our stay.  There are no electric hookups despite what some pages may state. The staff was very kind and informative. Bring bikes to enjoy all the areas of the park including lookouts and beaches.

TThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2022

Nice for family

This was a Father’s Day gift coming here. We are at the family camp grounds which have bathrooms, showers, and a small playground to wear out the kids. The larger park also has a lake for swimming, well kept hiking trails and picnic areas. Would bring bikes next time though to go from area to area without the car.

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Month of VisitJuly
Justin P.
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2021

Great kids activities but loud

I stayed here with my 7-year old niece for a weekend camping trip. We stayed at site 20. All-in we had an awesome trip. Highlights were swimming in the pond and fishing. There was decent privacy but you could definitely hear the group next to you.

As expected in July, the campground was quite busy and we were just unlucky that there was a really loud group and things didn't quiet down until post-midnight.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Cheesequake State Park Campground by Justin P., November 14, 2021
Sandra C.
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2021

Love it

Awesome place!!!!!

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Cheesequake State Park Campground by Sandra C., October 9, 2021
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j
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2021

Nice location, poor environment

I was excited to camp here for the first time this September. The campsite was nice and was drive up. It was partially shaded which offered some privacy. I decided to hike with a friend on the white trail which is 2.7 miles long. The trail was poorly marked, the trail blazers were inconsistent which led us to get off trail and end up where we started after 2 miles on top of having to climb over multiple fallen trees. We decided to go fishing at the lake after but quickly discovered that was a mistake. There was 20+ dead fish in the lake and then we saw oil in the water! Needless to say, we didn’t continue fishing and went back to build our fire.

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Month of VisitOctober
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TThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2021

Located between two busy roads

Stayed in the family campground in a travel trailer. Longish bike ride or shortish drive to the main park. Used a fan in the trailer to block out the sound of traffic with the exception of some sports cars/ motorcycles speeding loudly.

Site37
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Cheesequake State Park Campground by Theresa G., June 22, 2021
Dan W.
Reviewed May. 28, 2021

I'm a happy camper!

Just give me a parking spot and some privacy and I'm good. Cheesequake has just enough space between sites and the foliage gives you the personal space you need. Facilities are fair for what the cost is, the alternative is a $160 hotel room. By the way... Rained the whole time we we're there and we still loved it!

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Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Cheesequake State Park Campground by Dan W., May 28, 2021
  • Review photo of Cheesequake State Park Campground by Dan W., May 28, 2021
Stacey R.
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2019

its ok

Like the title says, its ok. I think it would make a better day trip, family BBQ location. the Parkway is right there so its not a nice quiet place.

Month of VisitNovember
K
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2018

OK

We camped here once because it was easy for part of our family to get to from NYC. Sites were a little too close together and one of the sites we reserved was filled with broken glass, we did call the park office and they promptly sent someone out to clean it up. Bathrooms were clean but there wasn't soap in any of the dispensers. If you're truly looking to get away from it all I would go elsewhere since the parkway runs through/over the park, you will be able to hear traffic noises. That said, this is probably a great place for those who have not camped before, it's easy to get to and close to civilization.

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Cheesequake State Park Campground by Katrina Z., October 12, 2018
kendra P.
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2018

pretty good camping

We went camping here this summer with a few friends. the campsites are basic. You get flat land and a fire ring. There is only one bathroom facility on the property which we did not love. The facilities were clean so...yay! The staff were fine. Not great or fun, just fine. Bonus here, they do have a swimmable lake on the property. However, he water is pretty dirty. My friends and I walked out with green dirt on us. No worries it rinses right off in the shower!

M
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2018

Perfect for first timers

This is a great site for those who are not avid campers. It’s close to town if you forget something and it has all the facilities you may need, bathroom, shower, etc. The best part is all the trails. Great place for hiking

B
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2018

Easily accessible, popular state park

I always love camping in a state park - this one is easily accessible from NYC and popular. Not for someone looking for quiet and solitude, but good for a good escape. Hiking trails nearby, picnic tables and rest areas available.

Month of VisitSeptember
K
Reviewed May. 16, 2018

ACCEPTABLE

i have camped here twice the last time which was in 2016 during the summer and it was OK. we had some issues with other campers and hikers being young and partying and just being very ignorant. There was trash scattered through out the site aswell. other then them few problems it is a very nice ground for families. and fairly acceptable with the prices !

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Cheesequake State Park Campground by Kimberly Z., May 16, 2018
  • Review photo of Cheesequake State Park Campground by Kimberly Z., May 16, 2018
  • Review photo of Cheesequake State Park Campground by Kimberly Z., May 16, 2018
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Reviewed Aug. 27, 2016

Hiking at Cheesequake

This park is on the list of 50 top NJ Hikes, and it has a few great trails. The trails range from easy to moderate with quite a few lookout locations. The elevation of the trails is not too strenuous. While also walking the trails, people are able to come across many picnic and resting areas. It's a great park, and used quite often.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the max vehicle length at Cheesequake State Park Campground?

Cheesequake State Park Campground allows vehicles up to 25 feet.

Are fires allowed at Cheesequake State Park Campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Cheesequake State Park Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Cheesequake State Park Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Cheesequake State Park Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Cheesequake State Park Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is unknown.